Academy now on target to create world-class archers
THE nation’s most promising archers have been finessing their skills at a new Regional Performance Academy at Hartpury College.
The hothouse of talent is one of three new academies across the UK and represents a development in how young archery talent is being brought on in Great Britain.
Archery GB’s Southern Performance Academy will offer an inspirational, multi-sport environment, where the 24 young archers, aged between 10 and 17, and performance coaches will develop.
They have been undergoing strength and conditioning training, technical skills and drills, time management, monitoring their own health and wellbeing.
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Tom Howse, 17, from Shurdington, a pupil at Chosen Hill School in Churchdown, has been chosen to represent GB at the World Championships in China next month.
He said: “I’ve been learning to lead others. It’s been a challenge and I’ve enjoyed that.”
Sally Gilder, 17, from Willersey, Chipping Campden, said: “We’ve been working on our technique. The facilities here are excellent. It’s been important to work alongside other people who are better, so that everybody can bank ideas from each other.”
Each performance academy offers a monthly residential camp plus numerous coaching sessions.
The ultimate goal is progression to Archery GB’s World Class Performance Programme.
The majority of them have been through a 12-month rigorous talent programme to be offered a place at one of the regional performance academies.
Ceriann Davies, performance pathways manager, Archery GB, said: “These athletes are eight to 12 years away from becoming world-class archers capable of winning medals on the world stage.
“The archers will be in environments where performance development and coaching can thrive.
Phil de Glanville, director of Elite Sport for Hartpury College, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to be able to team up with Archery GB and continue to help develop young sporting talent.
“We’re really excited by the partnership and can’t wait to work closely with Archery GB to support talented youngsters as they improve and develop.”